School Psychology Graduate Degrees

Ed.S. in School Psychology/M.Ed. in Educational Psychology

National Louis University’s School Psychology Program offers a 68 semester hour (SH) three-year terminal degree program culminating in the Educational Specialist's degree (Ed.S.). Students with a previous academic degree also earn a Master of Education degree after the first year of school or educational psychology courses. Graduates complete all necessary coursework and supervised field experiences necessary for the Illinois School Psychology Endorsement and are eligible for the National Certified School Psychologists (NCSP).

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The program is for those persons seeking professional training to help students, teachers, schools and families thrive through use of evidence-based academic, mental health, and positive behavior support assessment and intervention practices. NLU's School Psychology program is one of only three programs in the Chicago area fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Consider the school psychology graduate program at NLU if you want to:

  • Make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of students and their families
  • Provide mental health and positive behavior support services in schools, improving school safety and climate
  • Work with teachers, administrators and families to support academic and social-emotional development through active and early intervention
  • Take multiple courses each year of the program with nationally recognized experts in the field
  • Support the use of evidence-based practices in a Multi-Tier Model of Services and Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RtI)
  • Attend a program in which small class sizes ensure collaboration with classmates and individual interaction with professors

Why the School Psychology Graduate Program at NLU

National Louis University’s School Psychology program is one of only three programs in the Chicago area fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and one of only eight such accredited programs in Illinois. Graduates with a school psychology education are eligible for National Certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP) by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The Ed.S. degree, typically three years post B.A./B.S. study, enables NLU school psychology students to take courses in the evening with small groups of peers and with faculty who are recognized experts in evidence-based practices. School-based and family intervention practices are embedded in each course, with a Year 1 Practicum of 1 day per week and 2 days per week of more independent practice in Year 2. A culminating full-time 9-month Internship with a stipend forms the basis for Year 3. Based on recent exit and alumni surveys graduates are gainfully employed and many have moved into leadership positions in their districts and communities.

What You Will Learn in the School Psychology Graduate Program

  • Evidence- and data-based academic and behavior/mental health practices, including assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation programs that make a difference for all students, and especially students at risk
  • Instructional and behavioral consultation skills to work with teachers, administrators, and parents to provide mental health services, improve school climate, and support healthy families
  • Models of schools and school service delivery systems, and practices and procedures therein
  • Research methods enabling students to complete a mandatory action research project in a school setting during their capstone year internship

Career Outlook

A US News & World Report named school psychology as the top social service job and one of the best jobs overall in its ranking of Best Jobs 2013. Based on recent exit surveys, 100 percent of NLU School Psychology students have received competitive internships and all of our graduates who sought jobs are employed. Graduates often move into district leadership roles (e.g., supervisors, specialized district coaches, directors of special education, principals) as they gain school experience. For more information about the role of a School Psychologist, go to:

Program Requirements

In addition to NLU standard admission requirements, students applying to the School Psychology program are required to satisfy the following additional steps:

  • Three to four letters of recommendation, at least two of which are academic in nature, regarding the applicants capacity for graduate work
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae describing relevant background and work experiences
  • A written statement of academic and professional goals and how the NLU School Psychology program can contribute to these goals
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from every institution from which degrees were earned
  • Passing scores on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (less than five years old from time of admission) — a requirement for prospects only in the Ed.S. in School Psychology program seeking a School Psychology Endorsement

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Prepare for the TAP at NLU

Want to enroll in a teacher-preparation program at NLU? If so, NLU offers various options to help you get ready for the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). This includes NEW three-week courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. These courses will be offered from January to March.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to the School Psychology program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information about enrolling in NLU’s graduate program in School Psychology program. Talk to your Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations. 



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